Depressed farmer's cows starved

Kevin Groves, with his lawyer, leaves the Palmerston North courthouse after being sentenced for animal cruelty.

As a farmer fell into a pit of severe depression, his cows were starving to death.

To market - just not too early

T&G's new buying app.

About a third of buyers still visit fruit and vege markets but that is changing.

Bull sales up from strong prices

Values for dairy cows have lifted significantly over the past six months.

Beef bulls are in demand as cash-strapped dairy farmers look for alternative revenue.

Rural-urban gap bridged

South Canterbury president of Federated Farmers Mark Adams hopes his involvement with the South Canterbury Chamber of ...

South Canterbury farmers and business people are serious about closing the urban and rural gap.

Farmer sickened by milk gap

As a non-shareholding Fonterra supplier,  Northland dairy farmer  Lyn Webster does not qualify for the co-operative's 40 ...

Fonterra's $834 million profit comes at the expense of many farmers including herself, Lyn Webster says.

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opinion

Nigel Latta: The New Zealand paradox

Nigel Latta tries his hand at milking on a dairy farm. But do we need to move our economy on from dairying?

OPINION: New Zealand has done everything right to grow our economy. So why have we gotten poorer?

Water science: Rationality v alarmism

Forget the search for truth. Doug Edmeades witnesses the advent of the new scientist-as-advocate.

Don't put cart before horse

The P epidemic has reached farms

Fieldays

Helping others, helping himself 

Bay of Plenty kiwifruit orchardist David Horwood has overcome depression by turning his innovation ideas into reality.

 Award-winning inventor overcame depression by turning his ideas into reality.

Weber mystery at Fieldays

Reporter Audrey Malone takes on the Chiefs' Brad Weber in an obstacle course challenge at Mystery Creek.

Fieldays Rural Bachelor of the Year winner  Paul Olsen from Manawatu.

Biggest and busiest

The National Fieldays has wrapped up one of its biggest and busiest events yet.

dairy

Bull sales up from strong beef prices

Values for dairy cows have lifted significantly over the past six months.

Beef bulls are in demand as cash-strapped dairy farmers look for alternative revenue.

Breathing space for dairy farmers

 Fonterra's latest milk price forecast increase means half of its farmers won't have to go to the bank to get through the season.

As a non-shareholding Fonterra supplier,  Northland dairy farmer  Lyn Webster does not qualify for the co-operative's 40 ...

'Fonterra profit at our expense'

Fonterra's $834 million profit comes at the expense of many farmers including herself, Lyn Webster says.

advice

Shares offered for prebiotic

Knewe Biosystems Ltd are using crowdfunding to raise the funds to upscale a new prebiotic product for dairy cows.

Crowdfunding is being used to raise cash for a cow prebiotic product.

What's the best winter crop?

Think ahead for next winter's crops.

Use financial statements to add value to your farming business.

Wealth of information on financial statements

Farmers should be interested in the financial statements and tax returns coming in from their accountants for the 2015/16 season.

aquaculture

Yellowbelly project not floundering

Havelock commercial flounder fisherman Michael Bradley, right, with son Joel, are looking at breeding yellowbelly ...

A commercial fisherman's dream of thick shoals of flounder spawning in the Marlborough Sounds could be close to reality.

Paua quota cuts close to home

Commercial and recreational sectors must work together for the paua fishery to remain sustainable, diver says.

Burkhart Fisheries owns a large slice of crayfishing quota in New Zealand.

Crayfishing in a family's blood

The two brothers earned so much money, so quickly, there were whispers they were drug runners.

beef

Bull sales up from strong beef prices

Values for dairy cows have lifted significantly over the past six months.

Beef bulls are in demand as cash-strapped dairy farmers look for alternative revenue.

Spring bull sale season starts

The spring bull season is about to swing into action in South Canterbury.

Bruce and Nathan Wilson alongside an historic waterwheel on Matuanui Farms that was restored in 2011.

Catlins family celebrates 125 years of settlement

A reliable rail link was the key ingredient to a family's early farming success in the Catlins.

Sheep

British sheep farmers bleat

Meat Industry Association CEO Tim Ritchie.

British sheep farmers are nervous about trade prospects and the threat of New Zealand exports post-Brexit.

Merino company lifts profits

Finding innovative ways to put fine and strong wool in the marketplace is paying off for the merino industry.

Bruce and Nathan Wilson alongside an historic waterwheel on Matuanui Farms that was restored in 2011.

Catlins family celebrates 125 years of settlement

A reliable rail link was the key ingredient to a family's early farming success in the Catlins.

cropping

Hemp poised to take off

Hemp being harvested.

Commercial hemp could play a major role as a cash crop on NZ farms, says a grower.

Biodiversity and water protection in Germany

Berd Olligs has combined biodiversity and water protection with productivity on his cropping farm near Rommerskirchen in western Germany.

Ted and Claire Ford have leased their Appleby dairy farm to an orchardist after 50 years of milking cows. They are ...

Cows farewelled for fruit on Ford's farm

Apple and pear trees will replace jersey cows across Ted and Clare Ford's Appleby farm.

agribusiness

Bull sales up from strong beef prices

Values for dairy cows have lifted significantly over the past six months.

Beef bulls are in demand as cash-strapped dairy farmers look for alternative revenue.

Fancy a hotted up Ranger ute?

Supercars racing team to enter road car business tuning the Ford Ranger and Ford Mustang.

A brown marmorated stink bug perches on a sorghum plant.

Sniffing out stink bugs

9:37 AM  Detector dogs could be employed to track down the hitch-hiking intruders that could wipe out crops.

Discovery

Research worth $10m to dairy

Kevin Macdonald and Kristina Mandok recording height, length, heart girth circumference and weight of calves as part of ...

A scientist who is studying why some dairy cattle eat less feed than others while maintaining good growth and milk production.

When the apple dropped

A scientist whose chance encounter with an apple took her into food science and engineering.

Brian Dela Rue – research engineer, DairyNZ Advanced Management Technology team, and former top-level rugby player.

On the track of great farm tools

An engineer who tests new labour-saving farm technology and lays down protocols for its use.

rural women

Farmer florist

Jeanine Wardman farmer florist

Jeanine Wardman must have one of the best offices in Marlborough.

Crayfishing in a family's blood

The two brothers earned so much money, so quickly, there were whispers they were drug runners.

Annie Narbey, known as Jean passed away on September 4 2016 aged 106.

Helensville loses its grand dame at 106

Helensville lost a valued part of its living history last week after Anne "Jean" Narbey passed away at the age of 106.

Video

Stop poking the avocados

Shops issue orders to grabby customers as bumper crop arrives in supermarkets.

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